Definition of rococo
: rococo work or style
First Known Use of rococo
Simple Definition of rococo
: of or relating to a style of artistic expression that involves fancy curved forms and much decoration and was popular in the 18th century
Full Definition of rococo
1 a : of or relating to an artistic style especially of the 18th century characterized by fanciful curved asymmetrical forms and elaborate ornamentation b : of or relating to an 18th century musical style marked by light gay ornamentation and departure from thorough-bass and polyphony
2 : excessively ornate or intricate
Examples of rococo in a sentence
The chairs are carved in a rococo style.
Did You Know?
In the 18th century, French artists rebelled against the ponderousness of Baroque style and began to create light, delicate interior decorations, furniture, and architectural elements characterized by fanciful curved asymmetrical forms and elaborate ornamentation. The name of their new style, rococo, has been traced to the French rocaille, a term that evoked the ornamental use of rock and shell forms. In time, rococo was also applied to similarly ornamented and intimate styles of painting and music. But all fashions fade, and by the mid-1800s the rococo style was deemed excessively ornate and out-of-date. Now rococo is often used with mild disdain to describe the overly elaborate.
Origin and Etymology of rococo
French, irregular from rocaille rocaille
First Known Use: 1841
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